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Cheap flights from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the largest Arab state in Western Asia in terms of land area, covering approximately 2,150,000km2. It is also the second largest in the Arab world, next to Algeria. The country is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen to the south. Moreover, Saudi Arabia is the only country with coastlines both along the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh.

Where to go

Until today, Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage derived from Arab civilisation is very apparent and practised. The country’s culture sustained by the puritanical Wahhabi form of Islam is strictly observed in the country, and visitors to Saudi Arabia are not an exception; they should also be aware of and practise the limitations especially on behaviour and clothing when in Saudi Arabia.

As the cradle of Islam, Saudi Arabia has many important historic Muslim sites scattered throughout the country, with Al-Hejaz region being the most significant because of its role in the Arab and Islamic historical and political landscape. In this region tourists will find the two holiest sites of Mecca and Medina – the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca (Islam’s holiest city) and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. Masjid al-Haram has Islam’s most sacred place, the Kaaba, and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi has Muhammad’s tomb. Other notable places to visit in Saudi Arabia are Abha, a summer tourist mountain resort city; the fortress of Najran; and the mountain town and popular resort area in Taif.

From King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, you can fly to Lahore in Pakistan within three to four hours. Lahore is the capital city of the province of Punjab, and is the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan and an important historical centre in South Asia. Sometimes call the “Mughal City in the Gardens,” Lahore boasts of historic gardens that date back to the Mughal period. Other Mughal structures in the city that are major tourist attractions are the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, the mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jehan, Chauburji Gate, and the walled city.

Seven hours away from Saudi Arabia is the city of Casablanca in Morocco. One of the largest and most important cities in Africa, Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and industrial centre, as well as the economic and business centre. Notable sites to visit here are Ville Nouvelle (New Town), showcasing French architecture; the Hassan II Mosque (largest mosque in North Africa and third largest in the world) which contains the world’s tallest minaret at 210 metres; Casablanca’s largest public park the Parc de la Ligue Arabe; and the island of Marabout de Sidi Abderrahmane.

How to get out

Saudi Arabia has six international airports, six regional airports, and 15 domestic airports, so you can fly out to anywhere within the country or in the world, from anywhere in Saudi Arabia. The international airport located in the capital city of Riyadh is the King Khalid International Airport, serving both local and international flights. The airport is a hub for Saudia and Nas Air, but also serves many other airlines flying out to key destinations within Saudi Arabia and around the world.

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